Dan Markel’s Ex-Wife: Where is Wendi Adelson Now?

Dan Markel was a famous lawyer and professor in Florida. His murder continues to captivate the public because of the complex web of relationships and the alleged murder-for-hire plan that developed. Dan Markel’s ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, is involved in a murder investigation that begins darkly. A lot of people have been very interested in this scary story, and it has even been on true crime shows like Dateline NBC and ABC 20/20. As we go into more detail, it’s important to say how their relationship worked, how upsetting Dan Markel’s death was, and what she thinks about things now.

Wendi Adelson was born in New York City and grew up with her parents Donna Adelson and Harvey Adelson and brothers Robert and Charles. She was raised in a family that put a lot of value on doing well in school and helping others. Wendi later got married to Dan Markel. The story takes a dark turn when Wendi Adelson gets caught up in a murder probe because it is said that she was involved in a plan to kill her ex-husband Dan Markel for money.


The relationship between Dan Markel and Wendi Adelson seemed at first like that of a happy, successful pair. Dan was a criminal lawyer with a Harvard degree, and Wendi was a law professor who focused on immigration, child rights, and disability rights. They seemed like the perfect power pair. It looked like they had everything when their two sons were born and they had a fancy wedding in 2006.

But as time went on, it became clear that their marriage was under a lot of stress. Wendi was unhappy that Markel’s career was taking off while hers was put on hold to raise their children, so she finally broke up with him. The divorce proceedings turned nasty, and a nasty custody fight over their two sons tangled both families in a web of anger.

What happened to Dan Markel?

The sad part of this story starts on July 18, 2014, when Dan Markel is shot in his home in Tallahassee. He dies less than 24 hours later. A scary murder-for-hire plot was found through investigations by the FBI and local cops. According to the prosecutors, the Adelson family planned Markel’s murder because they were desperate to help Wendi move with their two kids.

Charlie Adelson, Wendi’s brother and a dentist, was found guilty of first-degree murder, plot to commit murder, and solicitation of murder in November 2023. The trial was very public. Hitmen Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera, as well as Charlie’s girlfriend at the time, Katherine Magbanua, were hired to carry out the complicated plan. Donna Adelson, Wendi’s mother, was caught for her part in the crime. They say she asked her son and the hitmen to kill Wendi.

Dan Markel’s Ex-Wife: Where is Wendi Adelson Now?

Even though Donna Adelson was caught thanks to jailhouse tapes, her daughter Wendi has not been charged with murdering Dan Markel. A once-respected family, the Adelsons lost all of their good name when they were linked to a shocking crime. At the moment, Donna Adelson, Wendi’s mother, is being charged with first-degree murder, a plot to commit first-degree murder, and solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

Florida billionaire and former GOP megadonor Mike Fernandez, who advocates for undocumented immigrants, is defending his immigration-reform group’s leader by stating she had “nothing to do” with a dramatic murder-for-hire plan that killed her ex-husband.  According to Subreddit, Wendi is no longer working for that non-profit immigrant group run by billionaire Fernandez.  Reports say that after the tragic death of their father, Wendi moved to Miami, Florida, with her two boys, Benjamin and Lincoln. Although she has not been charged with murdering Dan Markel.

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Olivia Wilson is the senior news writer for TV Acute. She spends too much money on collectables and is enamored with movies, comics, and television series. She loves binge-watching and can spend hours talking about movies and TV shows. She can immerse herself into a good story no matter the genre or form and only come out from it when she's had her fill. When she's not writing, she's probably cooking or exploring new places. You can follow her daily exploits on Twitter and Facebook.

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